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Best Outdoor Dining in Denver, CO

Summer’s here and that means you can now enjoy a meal at some of Denver’s finest gourmet restaurants al fresco, but where should you venture for the BEST outdoor dining in Denver? We’ll give you the lowdown on five eateries that earn major points for their bigtime patios, rooftops, and courtyards.


Friends Eating PizzaDenver restaurant Linger takes al fresco dining seriously, and the resulting experience they provide is one you won’t soon forget.

Linger offers two menus that are exclusive to the rooftop: Latin Street Brunch and Roof Truck Dinner, both of which zip around the globe for international inspiration. From Churro French Toast to Mongolian BBQ Duck, flavors in Linger’s dishes engineered for outdoor enjoyment are bold and bright.

There’s tons of seating on Linger’s double rooftop with stunning views that launch from their spot on West 30th Avenue. Whether you come morning, noon, or night, all drinks are expertly slushed or swirled in the rooftop bar, a reclaimed turquoise monorail car that makes a unique focal point.

Los Chingones

Inside their DTC location on Newport Street, Los Chingones features industrial metals, brick walls, and rebellious (yet beautiful) graffiti art befitting of their outside-the-box interpretation of Mexican tapas.

At their prime location in RiNo, a 90-seat rooftop patio is the premier hangout for vibrant tacos, flights of salsa, and mescal-based cocktails that shake things way up, incorporating fresh juices, Mexican sodas, and exotic garnishes. Los Chingones’ Lamb Neck Taco was even featured on Zagat’s list of the 30 best tacos in America!

A sunny day, margarita, and a taco. Let’s go!


The issue with al fresco eating, as we all know too well, is when the weather doesn’t cooperate. The solution? An ingenious retractable roof like the one that extends over contemporary Mexican eatery on Larimer street Tamayo.

Swanky and modern, Tamayo honors traditional Mexican fare in a new light. Bacon-studded guac, huitlachoche and wild mushroom enchiladas, and a Bottomless Margarita Brunch that includes food and drink for just 39 bucks are a few of the items that Tamayo is known for.

If you don’t make it to stake out a spot with a view on Tamayo’s rooftop patio, they also have a ground-floor patio, complete with pretty draped lights.


Couple Eating OutsideLocated a block from Coors Field in Denver’s Ballpark district, ViewHouse boasts so-close-you-can-almost-see-the-game views from its mega rooftop that can seat up to 100.

ViewHouse goes big in all things: big flavors, like the ones in their prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella sticks, a claim to fame of the largest LED TV in the state, and a big mission through food and drink, showcasing ingredients and goods from local farmers, brewers, and bakers.

They even have a turf courtyard that can be rented out for events and gatherings where you can watch the game, battle in giant Jenga, or hang out on a cabana couch—yeah, the ViewHouse team takes care of you.

When the weather is less than blue skies, ViewHouse’s telescoping roof stretches out and the stone fireplaces light up.

Work & Class   

Work & Class’ elevated patio is a prime spot to soak up some rays and fully appreciate their American-Latin fusion cuisine. Supervising Larimer and 25th Streets, a top-notch view of RiNo is your backdrop for cocktail sipping and Mexican plate munching. Work & Class’ cuisine-melded dishes take things to an inspiring level of delicious.

Try the Massive Attack Salad, Peppers Five Ways, and Beer Braised Short Ribs. Don’t leave without getting dessert—we recommend the salty-sweet, creamy and crunchy Chocolate PB Love Sundae.

Grab your shades and dining buddy and make reservations to dine alfresco at one of Denver’s best rooftops or patios today!

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